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SPUR JAPAN's SNAP PERFECT MODELS

As long as there is fashion, there will be models.As long as there is fashion, there will be models.

Well that Japanese way of putting words together…it sometimes summarizes the sentiment in lyrical ways everyday English won't. I loved working with the Spur team on the 100 page booklet that essentially archived the magazine's 25 year history of model coverage. From the early days of off duty 90's supermodels like Linda, Nadja and Naomi, it was funny to see how on-duty that ideal of off-duty was.

And then it was especially odd to see my 7 years of Spur It-Girl archives encapsulated in this one booklet. The magazine's editors assured me there is a generation of young Japanese women who grew up reading that column, which can only make you appreciative of the clarity of time . And its perspective, as well as future business potential. There they were, starting from Agyness Deyn at the height of her cultural impact, all the way to Issa Lish, now at the rise of her cultural impact. In between there were Freja and Irina, Coco and Hilary, Anja, Suvi, Catherine, Kasia, Lara, Meghan, Abbey, Toni, Malgosia, Karmen, Fei, Fei, Lindsay and Arizona. That those girls have forged lasting careers is not only a testament to brilliant management on the part of great agents, but also to the tenacity and resilience of those girls in keeping their value in a tough, tough industry.

SPUR NOVEMBER 2014 : Love Mode, Love Spur: 25th Anniversary Issue

Karl Lagerfeld, Esmerelda Reynolds and Choupette photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Spur November 2014Karl Lagerfeld, Esmerelda Reynolds and Choupette photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Spur November 2014

In its 25 years of existence , Spur , a magazine published by the ,massive Shueisha media empire in Japan has become a powerhouse in its home market. It has also been model mad that entire time, from its early covers Kate Moss (1995) and Carolyn Murphy (1996) to the most recent era of Daria (2006), Gemma, Agyness (2007) and Freja (2010),

Julier Bugge's Maximum Relevancy

Julier Bugge/1st Option, (IMG Paris), (Soul NY ) on the cover of HuskJulier Bugge/1st Option, (IMG Paris), (Soul NY ) on the cover of Husk

I love Julier Bugge on the cover of Husk, one of the emerging magazines I'm most fascinated by. It brought back to mind this interview I had done with Julier for the latest issue of Spur. I had to transcribe it sitting on a bench in The Louvre under serious deadline. Re-reading it now , I appreciate how Julier represents maximum relevancy as a current and contemporary taste-point in beauty .

THE NEW JAPANESE WAVE

Tokyo is about to be more vital than ever!Tokyo is about to be more vital than ever!

THAT KATI NESCHER SHIMMER

Kati Nescher on DNA's roof deck PH. Chi Chi SaitoKati Nescher on DNA's roof deck PH. Chi Chi Saito

I had a lovely morning working with Kati Nescher for Spur Japan

Daria Booms !

Daria Strokous by  Kacper KasprzykDaria Strokous by Kacper Kasprzyk

How nice it was to start the year off with Daria Stroukos' beautiful Vogue Italia cover. It made me think of the interview I did with her for Spur last Fall and thought this was a lovely opportunity to post the original transcript.

Zuzanna Biljoch's Cinematic Beauty

Zuzanna speaks three languages (Polish, English, French) and is obsessed with cinemaZuzanna speaks three languages (Polish, English, French) and is obsessed with cinema

Zuzanna by I-phone this morning ,

QUERELLE JANSEN: SPUR SITTING: 01:31:11 12.49pm

Video still of Ms Jansen...waiting for the camera to rollVideo still of Ms Jansen...waiting for the camera to roll

One of the coolest girls of recent times, still reeking that effortlessly cool presence.

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